Title: Indigenous oxygen concentrator
Date: Wednesday, 10-FEB-2021
Time: 16 00 hrs – 17 30 hrs
Register : https://bit.ly/3a52pTB
Speaker : Prof. Praveen C Ramamurthy
Department of Materials Engineering,
Indian Institute of Science
Prof. Praveen C Ramamurthy received M. Sc. in Polymer science from University of Mysore and PhD degree from Clemson University in the year 2004. He worked as a R&D Engineer in Therm-O-Disc, Ohio, USA and as Research Scientist in Hoku Scientific, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. He joined IISc in the year 2007 and currently a Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering. His current research focuses on organic electronics and sensors for analytes like VOC’s, heavy metal ions, nitrate and biosensors. He has over 200 peer reviewed papers published and 18 patents to his credit.
The challenges in availability of oxygen supplies in remote places and overwhelming situation raises in hospitals due to COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we have developed a low-cost oxygen concentrator system which was designed and fabricate using indigenous components. Generation and availability of oxygen source at point-of-care, where cylinders and other centrally distributed systems are unavailable is very important. Even if oxygen supplies are available at the hospitals, because of overcrowding as a result of pandemic situation will create stress on the system. In addition, not all patients require complete ventilator systems, some require just health vital monitoring and supply of oxygen at various percentages. Having a reliable oxygen supply is necessary for the care of these kinds of patients to improve the probability of survival during such a pandemic outbreak. In this talk, I will take you through the process of design, conceptualization, fabrication and product engineering of the system.